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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-4 weeks, 4 MOTs

Well, in a spectacular* twist of fate I have 4 of the fleet due an MOT in the next month or so. Stay tuned for thrills and excitement as I try and get these heaps through an MOT. Who needs Bake Off?

First contender-

MR2

Not due for a few weeks yet but the handbrake was pish, despite getting new cables last year for its MOT. I removed the rear calipers to wind the pistons back so I could reset the handbrake mechanism.

Sounds easy, right? No pics but it basically has one normal slider pin and one cast into the carrier. So you undo the one slider and try and rotate the caliper up but it doesn't go far enough due to the handbrake cable limiting how far it'll rotate. This means even changing pads is a fucking ballache. Eventually I got the piston wound back, reassembled and with a sequence involving a brake pedal dance and a 10mm spanner all performed whilst facing south and sacrificing a virgin(not an easy task to undertake in Fife) I now have something resembling a handbrake. Oh and I changed a sidelight bulb too. Go me

MOT Status-READY* Due Mid November. 

XJ6

This has sat for a while not being used and the MOT expired last week. All seems well with it (famous last words) so I treated it to a handbrake adjustment-this was an advisory last year.

That, amazingly, went well so buoyed by this I decided to have another crack at greasing the UJs on the rear driveshaft. I had tried before but hadn't been able to get any grease in. This time I removed the nipples to clean them out, reattached and the grease flowed in happily, squeezing the old grease out of the seals. A quick test drive and all else seems well. I remembered how bloody lovely it is to drive though.  We'll not talk about the exhaust condition though...

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MOT Status-Booked in for Friday

 

Evoque MODRIN ALERT

Feel free to skip this one, yes its a modern and yes it's a hateful thing but my better half loves it and Land Rover dealers are hilariously bad.  Also, the repair you're about to see is definitely shite worthy.

I'd changed the pads and discs last year but not replaced the wear sensor. This had a tiny split in it so I zip tied it out of the way instead of refitting it. Fast forward to the last month or so and the pad warning light had been coming on intermittently. I checked Euro Car Parts who list two wear sensors, the one I thought needed wasn't in stock at my local one. Time for a proper* fix.

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Wheel off and the wear sensor wire disappears in behind the arch liner. Note the excellent condition of the 5 year old "Range Rover"

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Sensor off I chopped the wires, bared the two sensor wires and twisted them together. Because I'm a professional I then heat shrunk the end of it and plugged it back in, hiding it up behind the arch liner.

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Result-warning off

 

MOT Status-Booked in next week

Range Rover-the real one

This is due at the end of November so i thought I'd better start now. 

Known issue-handbrake non existent on the drivers side due to the backing plate being fucked. 

Solution is a new backing plate but like BMWs of this era its a big job to change properly requiring the hub to be removed. Never fail, I had a plan

Take one shiny new backing plate

 

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Cut 2 small bits of steel and arrange like so

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Drill holes in the steel and the backing plate

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Carefully and accurately mark a line down the centre of said plate

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Chop the fucker in half and behold!

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This should work, hopefully.... I've not swapped it over yet but I have new handbrake hardware to fit at the same time so will hopefully be able to tick that off the list soon.

I also had an issue with it needing 30s or so to warm in the mornings up before it would be drivable. I suspected a vacuum leak or a dirty throttle body so gave it a clean.

 

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It wasn't too bad and it seemed to behave better on the next few startups. Annoyingly it's doing the same again now so I'll need to dig further. 

On the subject of the handbrake, when changing the rear discs and pads the retaining spring for the passenger side handbrake shoe was missing. I replaced this with one from the drivers side and though no more of it. Fast forward a month or so and I noticed a light rattle at low speeds. Expecting the worst i started poking around and guess what I found?

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Yep, the spring and retaining pin must've dislodged themselves and made their way down to rattle around between the disc and the backing plate. Succesfullly removed i can resume wafting in silence.

MOT Status-Due End November-PRAY FOR ME

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Good luck chap, sure it will all be cost about a grand!

In all seriousness, good luck, I hate the fact all my cars have winter MOTs within about a day of each other..

Shorting out a brake wear sensor is just good preventative maintenance. Who the hell needs them?

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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-4 weeks, 4 MOTs First one done!

Evoque passed today, just leaves the MR2 and Rangey which still have slightly more than a month so I'll hold off and get them in where I can get the full 13 months/time to fix them.

Oh, and the Megane i bought yesterday will need an MOT once I get the clutch fixed.

And then there's Mazda 6 2.5 I've just bought as the Mantas engine donor. It just needs to make it to my mates unit where it'll be getting stripped.

Collection should happen soon, did I mention the suspension is fucked?

 

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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-4 weeks, 4 MOTs 2 down, 3 to go!
  • 2 weeks later...

MR2 got its MOT yesterday-thankfully it was a pass although the handbrake got an advisory, despite me giving it a going over.  Arse of a thing.

The exhaust did too due to a leak at the manifold where I expertly* welded it together when swapping the 2zz in.  I think we'll get that done properly over the winter, my home made system isn't the best.

The Manta has been got to a rolling state as it's off to get the bodywork sorted soon and the 400 kit fitted IMG_20211102_103045.thumb.jpg.14e8386f1d13c5f8a0624cb306338e2e.jpg

 

And while it's being entrusted to an expert I have it's new engine tucked up on my garage.

The Mazda6 gave up it's 2.5l 4 cylinder (Duratec) engine without much of a fight

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This will get stripped down and rebuilt over the winter ready to install when the Manta comes back-the near identical 2 litre will go off with the Manta to allow mounts etc to be fabricated to fit it, once it's back I'll slot the bigger engine in and try and make it make some noise. 

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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-4 weeks, 4 MOTs 3 down. MR2 passed. Manta repairs start soon
  • 2 weeks later...

I finally got around to fixing the handbrake backing plate on the rear of the Range Rover.

My expertly* modified backing plate went on last night along with a new set of shoes.

Old, crusty backing plate

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New plate on and bolted back together

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And shoes fitted

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Thankfully the handbrake seems to work, in this side at least! The other side I'll try and adjust up before changing the shoes, it was in decent condition when I looked.

A quick nose underneath shoes a couple of potential MOT issues but I might stick it in first before committing any time/money to fixing it. 

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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-Range Rover MOT day-PRAY4ME

So, final Rangey MOT prep happened at the weekend.

Adjusted handbrake up-the newly reassembled drivers side was stronger than the passenger side so I wanted to balance them out

Jetwash the worst of the oil leak off the underside of the engine. I still can't work out where it's coming from sadly, i really should change the other rocker gasket. 

Disable the central locking actuator on the rear door that will lock but won't always unlock.

Change a drop link with perished boots-at £10 for the drop link it wasn't worth messing around with replacing the boots.

i'd fell off my bike earlier in the week and knackered my shoulder so the angry grinder was employed to the drop link to make life easier.

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Other than that it drives fine, with the odd creak off the underside i can't quite find but i thought the tester might pick up on.

I stuck it in today and it's safe to say I was pretty nervous-it's a big bugger and the thought of trying to replace some of the suspension components gave me the fear. Anyway, results are in...

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Yass! Happy with that.

I can now treat it to a new radiator(current one has a slight leak) At the same time I'll inspect the air con condenser-hopefully that'll have a hole in it to explain the system not holding pressure. That and a new door lock actuator will do for starters. 

Have a bonus pic of it looking at home in the countryside.

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1 hour ago, dome said:

So, final Rangey MOT prep happened at the weekend.

Adjusted handbrake up-the newly reassembled drivers side was stronger than the passenger side so I wanted to balance them out

Jetwash the worst of the oil leak off the underside of the engine. I still can't work out where it's coming from sadly, i really should change the other rocker gasket. 

Disable the central locking actuator on the rear door that will lock but won't always unlock.

Change a drop link with perished boots-at £10 for the drop link it wasn't worth messing around with replacing the boots.

i'd fell off my bike earlier in the week and knackered my shoulder so the angry grinder was employed to the drop link to make life easier.

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Other than that it drives fine, with the odd creak off the underside i can't quite find but i thought the tester might pick up on.

I stuck it in today and it's safe to say I was pretty nervous-it's a big bugger and the thought of trying to replace some of the suspension components gave me the fear. Anyway, results are in...

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Yass! Happy with that.

I can now treat it to a new radiator(current one has a slight leak) At the same time I'll inspect the air con condenser-hopefully that'll have a hole in it to explain the system not holding pressure. That and a new door lock actuator will do for starters. 

Have a bonus pic of it looking at home in the countryside.

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Congratulations on the pass. 

Has the suspension collapsed in celebration on the offside?

Either that or the grass is bit boggy... 😉

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  • 3 weeks later...

Today was the day for Manta manoeuvring.

A trailer was hired and collected yesterday and this morning the Manta was loaded up.

Ready to roll

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It's ok, its MOT exempt m9

 

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On the trailer

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Don't worry, it did get strapped down!

And off we go, to a man who knows how to do metally magician type things far better than me, @GingerNuttz

Safely deposited I returned to Kirkcaldy to drop the trailer off.

Unsurprisingly the Rangey towed it no bother at all.

Surprisingly it returned the exact same mpg (14) as it does when not towing. Thank fook for LPG!

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  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-Manta Manoeuvring
  • dome changed the title to Domes shonky autos-Manta Maneuvering
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On 01/06/2021 at 08:45, dome said:

So, I'm buying this for the engine, yeah?

 

Oh.

 

Remember this?

I thought I'd strip the engine down to get some practice for when i come to rebuild the 2.5 that will be going into the Manta. Also, I was curious to see the damage inside.

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Aye, that's fucked!

Amazingly the crank doesn't look too bad!

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      1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

      1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

      1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

      1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

      1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

      I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

      Current SitRep:

      Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

      Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

      Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

      Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
    • By rickvw72
      Hi all, I’m going to try to keep this updated as a diary of work done on my old Fourtrak. 
      I bought this a few years ago but have only recently got going on it properly, with several other projects on the go, times been scarce.
      Ill start with the main job, the rear crossmember. When I bought the truck this tube had snapped on the drivers side. This ruptured the brake pipes, and ruined all the already tired suspension bushes.
      So, out with the crossmember...
      The original is round tube, the new 3mm wall box section, it actually holds the anti tramp bars. 
      Yes the Fourtrak has a 5 linked rear suspension, and an LSD. Because race car!
      I didn’t take many pics at this time, so I’m trying to improve this and maybe a thread will motivate me to document it. 
       



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